Slow start dooms Stonewall in defeat

QUICKSBURG — Stonewall Jackson started off slow and it proved costly on Friday night.

Page County built an early lead and held on for a 2-1 Shenandoah District boys soccer victory over the Generals.

“We just didn’t come ready to play. We didn’t show up in the first half,” Stonewall Jackson coach Caleb Golladay said. “In the second half we played much better. We got back to doing what we needed to do.”

The Generals had several chances in the first few minutes, but couldn’t convert.

The Panthers took a 1-0 lead about six minutes into the game. Page County’s Jackson Winum sent a shot towards the goal, and Stonewall Jackson goalie Juan Jacuinde slipped on the play. The ball trickled into the empty net before a Stonewall defender could get to it.

The Panthers (3-5-1, 2-4-1 Shenandoah) added another goal in the first half. Page County’s Bradley Dovel sent a shot past Jacuinde with about 15 minutes left in the opening half for a 2-0 lead.

Both teams were evenly matched in he first half, with the Panthers holding a slight edge in shots.

It was the first-ever win for Page County against the Generals.

“We’ve wanted this for the last seven years,” Page County coach Josh Caton said. “Stonewall Jackson has always been a dynasty team, and we’ve never been able to get a victory against them — and today we finally did that. We played really well in the first half.”

The Generals (4-5, 2-5) finally got on the board in the second half, as Tyler Lacek scored past Page County goalkeeper Tyler Parker with about 22 minutes left in the contest.

“I was able to get the ball, and I looked around and saw I had a shot, so I was just going for it,” Lacek said.

Golladay said he moved Lacek up from defender to help the Generals generate some offense and it worked.

The Generals dominated play in the second half, but couldn’t score over the final 22 minutes. The Panthers used 10 defenders in the box the entire second half.

“I hated to pack it in like that, but the way they were attacking I felt like that’s what we needed to do,” Caton said.

Golladay said that the Generals need to play a full game, instead of just one half. Stonewall Jackson has only three seniors on this year’s very young squad.

Lacek said that the second half was something for the team to build on.

“I was really proud of the way we played in the second half,” Lacek said. “We never gave up.”

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